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I moved house in 2012. Theoretically a simple enough procedure, but it turned into a comedy of errors so far as my internet connection was concerned. I can't blame my ISP, which seemed to be doing its best, but BT were a nightmare. I don't think it can actually have been sixteen years before I was reconnected, but it certainly felt like it. I spent the offline time intending to accomplish something useful, but in reality doing some extensive moping, and quite possibly squeaking every time I looked at my computer. Oh, and I rewatched Blake's 7, which seemed like a worthwhile use of my time. And wrote a Torchwood/Rentaghost crossover, which isn't really a worthwhile use of anybody's time, but whatever.

Beyond that, pass. When I started this, I thought that these would be the easy years, but they're not. I know a few things, obviously - Arab Spring, ISIS, David Cameron and Ian Duncan Smith being dicks, etc, but for the most part recent history is a mystery to me. I'm sure something must have happened somewhere in 2012. There was Hurricane Sandy of course, which caused some nasty damage along the Jersey Shore, but I have to confess to mostly knowing about that because of E Street fandom. Staying up until stupid o'clock to watch the benefit concert, because the E Street Band and the Who were playing, along with quite a lot of modern acts that I couldn't pick out of a line up, and frankly wouldn't want to. Otherwise, apparently I was looking the other way.

The Avengers! That happened this year. We had to call it Avengers Assemble here, in case Britain saw Robert Downey Jr in a bright red metal suit, and thought that he was Patrick Macnee. Which presumably makes Mark Ruffalo Diana Rigg? Anyway, it was fab, and everything blew up. On the smaller screen there was Ringer, briefly. On paper it looked wonderful - Richard Alpert, Mr Fantastic and Buffy the Vampire Slayer teaming up. With evil doubles! But it was another of those twenty-two episode shows that didn't get good until halfway in, when everybody else had stopped watching. So it went away again.

Musicwise the year was better. Springsteen brought out Wrecking Ball, and embarked on a two year long world tour with the E Street Band. Two years! Of obsessively stalking them on YouTube, and cheerfully filling my hard drive with music. That was a great tour, and a nice tribute to Clarence and Danny. It's horrible when your fandoms start losing people. Familiar, for those of us who aren't so into the new stuff, but still horrible. Which brings me to the Monkees, I suppose - and also to marine biology. Specifically to Mike deGruy, a hero of mine since I was a teenager. A whirlwind of enthusiasm for sharks and cephalopods, who died this year. No fair, universe. He was on your side.

Pulling out one of their more political numbers, when they played Tampa, Florida just days after the murder of Trayvon Martin, this is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with American Skin. Bruce here about as angry as I've ever seen him.

Inevitably, the Monkees and Daydream Believer:

Imagine Dragons and Radioactive:

Mika's Underwater:

Of Monsters & Men with Little Talks:

And from his solo album Out Of My Hands, this is Morten Harket and Scared Of Heights. I love this song!


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Dec. 29th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Davy Jones. </3 My first *real* crush when I was little and that's my favorite Monkees song.
Dec. 30th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that I have one favourite of theirs, but that's certainly on the list. Great song.
Dec. 30th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
Ah yes ... Avengers ... and Imagine Dragons ... and Of Monsters and Men ... Seems I can remember this a lot better than the 90s!
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
I wish I could!
Dec. 30th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
No 'net, oh the horror! Still 'Rentaghost' - can't be all bad:) Is the crossover on the 'net?
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
Nope. Probably for the benefit of all! Actually I have an idea it's not finished, but I could never quite decide what else to do with it.
Dec. 31st, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
Aw, booooo(!). The world needs more 'Rentaghost' fic, it's currently on one stump!
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
I may stick it up over at DreamWidth some time in the new year. Needs re-reading and stuffs though, and I've been too busy for that kind of thing recently. It's not really TW proper - just Jack, as it's set back in the 70s.

And don't boooo too soon. You may end up regretting you asked! :D
Jan. 1st, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hoorah, I doubt it! Not quite sure who Jack would like best out of the 'Rentaghost' team though;p
Dec. 31st, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)
Which presumably makes Mark Ruffalo Diana Rigg?
I could go for that. That would be ace. Actually, Mark Ruffalo dressed up as Diana Rigg would be great. The Black Widow in a bowler hat and brolly might be even better.

No net, eeks. What did people do Before Internet, anyway? I ought to be able to remember. I vaguely remember dinosaurs, too.

Edited at 2015-12-31 06:25 am (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:07 am (UTC)
If you believe the Concerned Politicians, we used to all chat to each other, and be beautifully social and more functional as a society. Also there was no bullying before people could pretend to be called something else. Thus definitively proving that politicians are not of this Earth.
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